Ten Years…

Okay back to my story, ten years of blogging. Thanks for all the kind comments on my awkwardness. You know what my most favorite part of blogging for ten years has been? It’s been you. The interactions, the friendships, the amazing people my silly little blog (hip housewife ahhh!!) has connected me with. I love it. I think it’s the biggest reason I still blog today.
So as you may notice from the photo above, once Miss Davenport got her hands on my website and introduced me to wordpress things were beginning to look a lot nicer.
In 2006 I had links, remember when swapping links was a big thing? Now I guess sponsorships are the way things work? When it comes to stuff like that, and me sitting here reminiscing about links I feel like a grandma talking about walking to school in the snow-up hill both ways. But its crazy to think how much blogging has changed in just the last decade.
Once my website was set up like this, it did not change for a very long time. More recently in the last few years I had wanted to add side bar items, but once again did not have any training. I did searching in wordpress and at first could only change things like the side photos and header bar. I loved my website design, but after so many years I just really wanted something new.

Meanwhile I had switched over to Etsy and was no longer using the zen cart shop, which was still hooked up to my website. Imagine my surprise when people told me that when you googled mypapercrane.com all sorts of stuff for prescription drugs were coming up. In fact even though my website looked normal to me, this is what people were coming across when they looked for my website.

It took me weeks, maybe longer really to read info on what to do, where to look. I believe that my website was hacked through the outdated zen cart, so I removed all that, but then had to go through all the files and find the hidden code to get the prescription drug stuff that was hiding on other pages of my website. It took a long time, but I did it! At this point I am sure a lot of you would of hired a professional, but I’m stubborn that way.
Once my website was finally fixed I was more determined then ever to get a real grasp on how it all worked. I realized I needed to start updating wordpress. I know that sounds so incredibly dumb, but when you don’t have any training in this area, unless some one tells you these things need to be updated you just don’t think about it. I read everything I could about using wordpress and customizing it, and took a big step and began using a new theme that was highly customizable. It has still changed a few times, and I’ve asked you guys for help with questions on more then one occasion, but I finally feel after ten years that I’ve got a real handle on my website and how to change what I want, when I want.
This still doesn’t really delve into what it means to me to have been blogging the last ten years. To be honest I don’t know if there is anything amazing or insightful I could say about the whole thing. It certainly doesn’t feel as though it’s been ten years. I’m not quite sure when I will stop blogging, but I know it’s not something I plan to do forever. Blogging not my job, but more of a way to show you what I am doing at my job. I guess my job is being a maker, this is just who I have always been. But as I am sure you can see from my blog-this is is not all that I am. Thanks for allowing me to share it with you world, for the last ten years. Thanks for being mostly kind, I appreciate that.
Now there is a new way of sharing….instagram. Instagram is super satisfying for me because it has my favorite part of blogging, the sharing and connecting with other people, but faster. Without the pressure of writing out a blog post. I like that people can offer little glimpse’s into their process, or life without the time and care it takes to publish a blog post. I mean, I guess there are people using instagram to upload beautiful photos they’ve taken with their point & shoot cameras. But for me I like the quick photos, the ones that show us what is going on with them right then & there. Sometimes however, instagram makes me lazy about blogging. I am trying not to think of it as an obstacle though, instead just a different way I can share. Do you think that instagram is changing blogging?

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15 Responses to Ten Years…

  1. Persephone says:

    I’ve noticed some of my favorite bloggers have been posting less so I follow them on Instagram to still see what they’re up to. I like to Instagram, but I also like to blog and read blogs. IG does make it so quick and simple though.

  2. robyn says:

    I don’t think it’s changing blogging so much as it is helping us all make connections and stay in touch. I think of our blogs as our own personal home base. Then we find our own little networks of similar minded people on these ever changing social network sites (Friendster, myspace, flickr, twitter, facebook, instagram, etc., etc.) New sites come up and old sites fall down, but we always want to keep our main home base the same location.

  3. Nicci says:

    I would love to follow you on Instagram, but for some reason it tells me you are unavailable?

  4. jane b says:

    instagram has changed blogging for me, for sure. i’m too lazy to actually update my wordpress. IG also appeals to my love of seeing what people are doing at the moment. (exactly what you said at the end of this post) i kind of feel like blogging is starting to be more of a showy/how popular can i get?! kind of thing as opposed to how it used to be. i miss the tight-knit livejournal community a lot of us were a part of. the messy, ranty entries and all.

  5. rae says:

    i think instagram is changing blogging for sure. for me it has made me stop carrying my big camera with me at all times like i used too. i LOVE instagram and seeing what other people are up to and shooting quick things. It has made lots of bloggers update less frequently (including me) but i don’t know if thats a bad thing. Most of the people I woud miss, I follow on instagram anyway!

  6. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rae, I agree I love instagram and I am guilty of taking my big camera with me less and less, but whenever I do take photos with my big camera I sort of miss that beautiful quality you can get.

  7. Heidi Kenney says:

    Jane, I can see what you mean about popularity contests–I miss the live journal days some times too! Thats what I like about instagram for sure! The only thing I dont really like about it is how people use all the social media outlets to post the same thing over and over. I feel like I see so much re-runs? If that makes any sense haha

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    Nicci, hmm thats strange! Im not private either so I dont know why that would happen. Maybe it was just a glitch?

  9. Heidi Kenney says:

    Robyn, thats a good point! I guess for me instagram makes me feel like blogging less haha, because I have that interaction with others that blogging gives me–so then I feel less and less like updating here. But I like being able to look back, so I am trying to make sure I keep up with it.

  10. Heidi Kenney says:

    Persephone, Ive noticed a lot of blogs I read update less too, im just glad a lot of folks are on instagram :)

  11. Silvia says:

    I don’t have instagram and I don’t use it either… but I think I will begin using it. But I like blogs a lot :) Thanks for sharing what you do at work and other things with us :)

  12. Nicole says:

    Yep, I pretty much quit my blog after I discovered Instagram!

  13. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks silvia for the sweet words! :) I hope you love instagram

  14. Heidi Kenney says:

    haha see instagram just makes it so easy! :)

  15. Shauna says:

    So lovely to reminisce about your blog. Did you collect screen grabs of your blog over the years? Great thinking!
    I love a pretty picture, so do like Instagram, and I like how you get a news feed, whereas for reading blogs, you only view one at a time. I also love the visual quality and storytelling of your blog, Heidi, which you don’t get on Instagram. your sharing of recipes, discoveries and links is unique and I love it here. Happy 10th birthday, xXx